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Cauliflower Cheese

June 30, 2011

This really is the ultimate winter comfort food. It’s super delicious as a meal on it’s own or as a side dish. As winter rages outside, get tucked up under the blankets, pop on a DVD and enjoy this decadent yet simple dish.

Serve with red wine and a good movie or great company. Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a side.

1 whole cauliflower, washed and broken into large florets

3 tbsp cornflour

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp hungarian paprika

1/2 tsp chicken stock powder

25 grams parmesan, grated

25 grams Gruyere, grated

Milk (approx 2-3 cups)

salt and pepper, to taste

pinch of nutmeg

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. In a baking dish, arrange florets of cauliflower so they form a single layer on the bottom of the dish. In a saucepan, melt butter and oil and remove from heat before it starts to boil. Stir through cornflour and chicken stock until to becomes a thick paste. While still off the heat, stir in 1 cup milk until the paste has dissolved. Transfer back onto a low heat and add another cup of milk, stirring constantly (I like to use a whisk as it ensures there are no lumps). As the sauce starts to thicken gradually add more milk until it is the desired consistency (I like it really thick and gooey!). Once the mixture starts to boil it won’t really thicken anymore. Remove from heat and stir through paprika, salt and pepper and half of the cheese. Pour over the cauliflower so that all the florets are covered. Cover the dish in aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle with the rest of the cheese and a small pinch of nutmeg and bake for a further 10-15 minutes until golden brown. (If you are running short on time you can steam the cauliflower first and then just blast it in the oven for 10-15 minutes until brown.) Allow to stand for 5-10 mins before serving.